The Evanston District 65 School Board Monday night named two new principals — Amber Henderson at the King Literary and Fine Arts School and Christopher Latting at Haven Middle School. They’ll both start work July 1.
Interim Superintendent Phil Ehrhardt said, “They are two tremendous leaders. Both of their qualities and experience closely align with the leadership profiles developed by their respective school communities.”
Henderson, who has spent 15 years in education, is now assistant principal of Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago. and previously was assistant principal of Harold Washington Elementary School, and resident principal and department chair at Wendell Phillips High School.

At Roberto Clemente she leads the school’s Culture and Climate Team which has focused on the implementation of Restorative and Trauma-Informed Practices.

Henderson earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in educational leadership and doctorate in urban education leadership from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
“It is a privilege to join an astounding community of talented and steadfast staff, students, and parents,” Henderson said in a statement. “I am confident that through our collaboration and communication, we will achieve amazing success.”
Latting has spent his educational career in Joliet Public Schools. He has 14 years of teaching and administrative experience ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade.

He is currently in his second year as principal of Isaac Singleton Elementary School, and previously served as principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, assistant principal of M.J. Cunningham Elementary School and interim dean of academics at Dirksen Junior High School.

He began his career as an eighth grade science teacher at Dirksen. Latting earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wyoming. He has also earned two master’s degrees in teaching and leadership and is currently pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership at the University of St. Francis.

“I am extremely delighted to be joining the team at Haven Middle School,” Latting said. “I look forward to our collaborative efforts to provide all students and staff with rich and meaningful opportunities for social, emotional, and intellectual growth.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Certainly congratulations to

    Certainly congratulations to these two new hires — though it is a bit disappointing the District’s talent pipeline is not robust enough to fill the positions through internal promotion.  

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